While the aviation sector suffered a blow during the pandemic, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas witnessed the maximum number of takeoffs and landings. By Tanvi Jain
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The COVID-19 pandemic which badly hit the aviation industry along with others due to global lockdowns and travel bans — proved otherwise for the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas, which turned out to be the world’s busiest airport in this era.
Despite the reduction in the number of flight operations in light of Coronavirus, this airport witnessed maximum number of landings and take-offs during this period. In May alone the DFW airport reportedly had over 12,000 flights, which though were lesser than even half of what was scheduled in February, but much higher than the rest of the world, including some of the busier US hubs such as Denver, Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare and Charlotte. In fact, American Airlines, which is based in Fort Worth and is also one of the world’s biggest airline companies operated the majority of flights from this airport.
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— DFW Airport (@DFWAirport) August 10, 2020
The COVID-19 scenario saw a reduction in air travel, hence the cancellation of many cities to city flights amid concerns of catching the virus on-board, due to which many who had to travel anyway were not left with any other option but to redirect via major hubs such as the DFW airport.
Moreover, despite the rising cases of Coronavirus in the United States, the country is trying to bring air travel back on track. It even recently lifted it’s global ‘do not travel’ advisory that was put in motion on March 19, asking US citizens to avoid all international travel during the pandemic.
On August 6, in close coordination with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State lifted the Global Level 4 Health Advisory, instead, asking passengers to exercise caution while on-board.
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— DFW Airport (@DFWAirport) August 12, 2020
“With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice (with Levels from 1-4 depending on country-specific conditions), in order to give travellers detailed and actionable information to make informed travel decisions. This will also provide US citizens with more detailed information about the current status in each country. We continue to recommend US citizens exercise caution when travelling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic,” US Department of State mentioned on its website.